Herbert Kaye (c.1894-1917)

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Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

KAYE, HERBERT. Corporal. No 70089. 5th Battery, 45th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Born Hepworth, Holmfirth. Adopted son and nephew of Mr and Mrs Henry Kaye, 41 Towngate, Hepworth. Educated Hepworth Endowed School. Attended Hepworth Church Sunday School. Employed firstly in the local coal pits and then as a teamer for Messrs Henry Mitchell and Sons, grocers, of Holmfirth. Engaged to Miss Florrie Turner, of Royd House, Holmfirth. Enlisted in the local Territorials in 1911. Wounded in the shoulder and abdomen on 14.11.1917. Died of wounds at No 17 Casualty Clearing Station, 19.11.1917, aged 23 years, Buried LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 27, Row B, Grave 5a.
Mrs Kaye received a letter from a young lady whose brother and Herbertwere close friends. The letter reads, 'You will be rather surprised to receive this letter from me. I have no doubt you have heard the sad news of your son. Yesterday (November 27) I received a letter from my brother who is in the same Battery. He and Herbert were very big pals and he asked me to come and see you and explain things to you but I did not like breaking the news if you had not heard. My brother and Herbert were together the same night it happened and were joking as to what they would leave each other in their will. He said Herbert was bringing up ammunition to the lines when he was wounded in the stomach and shoulder with shrapnel and was removed to hospital and died of his wounds. My brother is very much upset as he said he was his best pal and it came as a shock.'
ROH:- Hepworth and Scholes War Memorial; Hepworth Church.

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